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environmental issues

35 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Federal, Provincial, Municipal government, Environmental Protection Agency, Grey sauble conservation authority, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, Saugeen First Nation

Save Georgian Bay

A proposed $3.3 billion hydroelectric pumped storage plant by TransCanada Energy (TCE) in Meaford, Ontario, on DND Government land, if allowed to proceed, will change the lives of Georgian Bay residents and visitors, and disrupt the natural beauty of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment FOREVER! The plant will pump water from Georgian Bay up the Niagara Escarpment to a man-made reservoir. The plant will then release the water back down the escarpment through turbines into Georgian Bay to produce electricity. The rate at which the water is pumped and released from and to Georgian Bay is huge—almost half the average flow over Niagara Falls. TCE modelled this plant after one built-in Ludington, Michigan. The Ludington plant was approved for construction in the 1960s when we had less awareness about the environment. After a 12-year court battle, the Ludington plant was required to construct a 2-kilometre net and to pay millions in compensation to mitigate for the impacts it caused. The plant still kills millions of fish each year because of the enormous volume of water that it draws from the lake. In essence, the plant serves as a giant food processor, mashing fish drawn into the turbines to satisfy its insatiable thirst. It is inconceivable that TCE proposes to construct a plant originated on a design from the 1960s. This shows a complete lack of understanding or concern about the environment. To protect their investment, TCE will construct a huge concrete intake/outfall and three breakwaters extending from and parallel to the shoreline. These structures will be amongst the largest man-made structures in Georgian Bay. They will rival the pier in Collingwood for size. Yet, unlike the pier, these structures will be for the sole pleasure of TCE and will offer no recreational benefits to residents or visitors of Georgian Bay. Instead, they will destroy a stretch of beautiful pristine shoreline, restrict the passage of fish, wildlife and even small boats, interrupt the natural movement of sediment along the shoreline, cloud our beautifully clear waters, and smother fish spawning and rearing habitats. The pipeline that conveys water to and from the man-made reservoir will extend approx. 1.7 kilometres inland, cutting a corridor up the Niagara Escarpment—one of the world’s natural wonders that it has been recognized as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Residents of the region have worked tirelessly to conserve and preserve this unique biosphere for the benefit of all—all residents, all visitors, all flora and fauna. Instead, the pipeline corridor will be stripped bare of all life in search of profit by one company, TCE. The plant requires electricity to operate even though it produces electricity. In fact, it will consume 30% more electricity than it produces. This electricity will come from nuclear power plants and gas-fired generating stations. This means greater demand for nuclear energy, not less, and greater potential for carbon emissions, not less. The electricity supplied to the plant will come from new high voltage transmission lines to be run through the beautiful residential properties and farmlands of Grey County and Essa Township. This extends the area impacted by the proposed plant far beyond the shoreline of Georgian Bay. When fully operational, the plant will employ 15. That’s right, only 15 people will be employed by a plant that will forever scar the face of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment. But these few jobs pale in comparison to the employment loss associated with tourism, recreation and residential growth that only exist because of the natural beauty of the lands and waters TCE intends to exploit. TCE intends to build a facility based on the design of a plant from the 1960s. It’s now 2019. Perhaps TCE executives should speak with Elon Musk (or any fifth grader). He could share wisdom about the new technologies for energy storage and conservation. These new technologies are compatible with the environment and can be built at smaller scales and located closer to the distribution grid eliminating the need for all of the proposed infrastructure. What TCE is proposing will forever impact the Georgian Bay and Niagara Escarpment. Fish spawning habitat will be replaced with massive stone breakwaters and concrete structures. Bird habitat and nesting areas will be destroyed along the pipeline and transmission corridors. The clarity of the water that makes this area of Georgian Bay so beautiful will become turbid with silt and clay by the endless ebb and flow of water to and from the plant. We all share a responsibility to protect the natural beauty and unique ecology of Georgian Bay and Niagara Escarpment. If you agree, please get involved. Tell your neighbour. Sign the petition. Phone your local town council, provincial representative, and federal candidate. Make this an election issue. Let your thoughts be known to all those who will ultimately decide on the outcome of this plant. Together, let’s protect our environment for our future and our children’s future. Please join us on our Facebook page Save Georgian Bay https://www.facebook.com/SavingGeorgianBay/ or join our FB Save Georgian Bay Group 

Teresa Sorska
7,440 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

Petition to John Tory

Urge Toronto to declare climate change Emergency

We call on Toronto to join an increasing number of municipalities across Canada in recognizing the urgency for drastic and unprecedented action regarding climate change. Hamilton and Kingston have just followed the examples of Vancouver, Halifax, and Edmundston in declaring climate change emergencies, and we call on Toronto's municipality to follow suit. We urge Toronto to recognize that climate change is today's crisis, and not tomorrow’s. Among other ill-effects that Toronto has already experienced are six 100 year storms since 2005. Let that sink in... Climate change threatens our social, economic and environmental stability. While recognizing that the municipality does have structures and programs in place to address areas of climate change, it needs to be recognized that climate change models are being reviewed constantly, and that across the board are becoming increasingly pessimistic in their outlooks. It is recognized that all previous models have underestimated, and continue to underestimate, the accumulative effects of global warming.  We have already experienced some effects of climate change in Toronto to a small degree. These effects as well as new threats will increase at an accelerating rate within the next five to ten years, until they far surpass the scale which most people currently envisage. Threats that Toronto faces include: Extreme temperatures in summer and winter, at first threatening especially the elderly and homeless, and then the population at large, especially those around the poverty line. Massive property and infrastructure damage, as well as injuries and loss of life due to floods, tornadoes, ice storms and other extreme weather patterns. Profound economic stress from repairing climate change damage, as well as from disruptions to economic activities caused by extreme weather. Pressure on communities and infrastructure due to the influx of climate change refugees from both within our borders, and abroad. Increased health issues from decreasing air quality, water quality and introduction and proliferation of new diseases. Social disturbance as most of the climate change effects will impact those on or around the poverty line most profoundly. The time for radical change is now. Action to address the multi faceted threats that face our City, Country and the International Community need to be accelerated. In addition, Toronto needs to add its voice to other municipalities across the world in demanding that World leaders act in meaningful ways immediately to combat this grave global threat. We do less than is necessary at our own peril.

Bernard van Speyk
15,498 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Paula Fletcher, Gord Perks, John Oswald

Protest unfair garbage-collection fees in Toronto

The City of Toronto is phasing out fee rebates for homeowners who have small or medium-sized garbage bins over the next few years. The stated aim is that garbage collection will then be fully funded by user-fees. When the phase out is complete, however, homeowners who have small and medium-size bins will pay substantially more for garbage/recycling collection on a per litre basis than people with large and extra-large bins—as much as 2.5 times more. Households with extra-large bins will be paying $1.38 per litre of waste, while those with small bins will pay $3.46 per litre.  How equitable does that sound? If we follow this logic, filling stations should charge people who drive fuel-efficient cars more per litre of fuel than those who drive gas-guzzlers. City Council focuses on the gross cost of each bin size, but the per litre cost is inequitable. We suggest you look at the costs, calculate the increases and decide for yourself. The numbers are available on your utility bill and on the city's Solid Waste Management Services website along with options for garbage collection. If you agree the rebate phase-out is unfair, please sign our petition, contact your councillor and talk to your friends and neighbours.  If you'd like to contact us, we can be reached at fairgarbagefees@gmail.com.  Cooper Langford (Leslieville) and Lies Lambermont (Leslieville)  

Cooper Langford
8 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Mayor Rob Burton

Get Oakville to Declare a Climate Change Emergency

We are facing a climate catastrophe. Leading scientists have warned that we have 11 years to take emergency action on climate change, or we face the gravest threats to our local and global environment. This includes worsening risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. We must act urgently, starting by having Oakville immediately pass a motion declaring a climate change emergency. We call on the town of Oakville to join an increasing number of municipalities across Canada such as Burlington, Hamilton and Kingston in recognizing the urgency for drastic and unprecedented action regarding climate change. We urge Oakville to recognize that climate change is today's crisis, not tomorrow’s. Canadians have one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the world, and Oakville is no exception. The Town of Oakville must work tirelessly towards reducing emissions because if we let global warming go beyond 1.5°C, coral reefs will be completely eradicated, populations of insects that pollinate plants will be decimated, and ice-free summers in the arctic will be commonplace. Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world.  But it’s not too late. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible - but it requires ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities. Locally, we have already experienced some effects of climate change. These effects, as well as new threats, will increase at an accelerating rate within the next five to ten years until they far surpass the scale which most people currently envisage. Threats that Oakville faces include: Extreme temperatures in the summer and winter, at first threatening the elderly and homeless, and then the population at large, especially those around the poverty line. Massive property and infrastructure damage, as well as injuries and loss of life due to floods, tornadoes, ice storms and other extreme weather patterns. Profound economic stress from repairing climate change damage, as well as from disruptions to economic activities caused by extreme weather. Pressure on communities and infrastructure due to the influx of climate change refugees from both within our borders, and abroad. Increased health issues from decreasing air quality, water quality and introduction and proliferation of new and old diseases (such as the Emerald Ash Border and West Nile Virus). The time for radical change is now. Action to address the multi-faceted threats that face our city, country and the international community needs to be accelerated. Oakville needs to add its voice to other municipalities across the world in demanding that world leaders act in meaningful ways immediately to combat this grave global threat and to use its unique position to be a leader in municipal carbon reductions with aggressive targets. We do less than necessary at our own peril. Please sign my petition calling on the Oakville Town Council to declare a climate emergency and take urgent action to do its part in avoiding a climate disaster for all of us, and for generations to come.

Andrei Adam
1,704 supporters